If there is one think that makes or breaks a holiday (or vacation) then it is probably the food, and if you are taking a trip to Santa Monica soon then you will be no short of amazing food to keep you going for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. 

First off the most important meal of the day, Breakfast. Now I love breakfast, and I do get excited over porridge but when in Santa Monica porridge isn’t exactly the first thing on my mind when it comes to breakfast. Instead of the hotel or hostel breakfast try out an Acai Bowl at Nekter. Just two blocks in from the famous Santa Monica pier you can pick up any fruitful Acai bowls for $8.50 (plus tax), or their super food bowl for $10.50. A perfect way to add colour, fruit and taste to start your day off. 
Now the morning has finished it’s time for lunch, or brunch. Personally I am a huge fan of avocado on toast with a poached egg, but when visiting Santa Monica I wanted to try out something different. If you are looking for a place to eat away from the tourists or the shops, then head to The Refinery, a quaint little restaurant perfect for lunch or dinner. Their kale quinoa salads are perfect for filling you up till dinner.
Heading out of Santa Monica and into Venice, then the array of cafes and restaurants will please anyone. My two picks in Venice were The Great White and The Butchers Daughter. Both restaurants serve brunch and lunch, although be warned it both places you will have to wait for a table, but the food certainly makes up for it.
For a mid afternoon snack, head back to Venice for a Salt & Straw Ice Cream. From the array of various flavours to choose from, it is perfect to stop by. There are queues, even when the California weather isn’t exactly ice cream weather. 
Tea Time or Dinner Time there is something for everyone. Santa Monica’s front is full of restaurants; whether you fancy a Mexican meal, a classic British meal at the British Pub; or American food, there is simply something for everyone. 
If you are in the mood for a Mexican then head to Blue Plate where you will find a choice of soft shelled tacos, enchiladas and tequila. With the view of the pacific, it is the perfect spot for a pre-sunset meal, before all the restaurants get busy after 7pm. 
For something more American, or with more choice of meals, then head to the Cheesecake Factory. Now I am not really a fan of chain restaurants and try to avoid them at all costs, but if you head there before 5pm, then you can order from the lunch menu for a cheaper price and get what a British person would call ‘a regular size meal’ instead of the normally huge American portions. Also for desert you can pick from a range of cheesecakes, so it is kinda perfect if you are a cheesecake fan. 
Love Alicia x 

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